Category Archives: Butterflies

Common North American Butterflies mainly encountered throughout Houston Texas

Butterflies, Dogs, Lizards, and Hummers

I’m back after a long hiatus. I finally decided to pick up the camera again, after using my iPhone to take just random shots. The afternoon light was horrendous, but I still had fun.

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Ruby Throated Hummingbirds And Monarch Butterflies Arrive

I guess it might be pure coincidence, or perhaps something related to the wind and weather, but both the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds and the Monarch Butterflies were sighted today.  I saw 3 Monarch Butterflies (no pictures unfortunately as I was driving), and when I got home, I noticed a familiar sound I haven’t heard since […]

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Ready For Birds And Butterflies Fall Migration?

Are you ready for the Fall Migration of Birds and Monarch Butterflies?  Fall officially starts on September 22, but the migration for many animals and insects have already begun. Journey South (for the Fall migration. For the Spring migration it’s called Journey North) has published it’s second update for the annual Monarch Butterfly migration (http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/fall2013/update090513.html).  […]

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New Generation Of Monarch Butterflies Begins With Caution

The Monarch Butterflies have all left Mexico and sightings across Texas are becoming common.  It may sound like the “same ol” “same ol” but it’s not.  In my yard I have seen perhaps only 3 Monarch Butterflies.  Journey North and other Monarch Butterfly watchers reported that the population of Butterflies in Mexico this year was […]

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Bluebirds and Butterfly Caterpillars

Took a couple of pictures of the male and female Eastern Bluebird as they came down to feed on mealworms.  The male traditionally eats first, but leaves plenty for the female   Finally I took a walk around the yard to see what else I could find.  I was surprised that I have about 10 […]

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Spring Is In The Air With Birds, Butterflies, and Bees

I’ve got lots of news to share (especially since it’s been so long since I have posted), but only 1 picture. Let me start with what all is occurring in the backyard. The Monarch Butterflies have arrived, but unfortunately I’ve only seen 1-2. The Ruby Throated Hummingbirds just arrived today (March 19).  There is one […]

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Gulf Fritillary Butterfly On Purple Lantana

2011 was such a devastating year for the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly, at least in my backyard.  The drought was so bad I think it affected many Butterflies, but in terms of normal abundance, this species was hit pretty hard.  Fast forward to 2012, and now January 2013 and these Butterflies have really made a comeback.  […]

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Zebra Longwing Butterfly Appearing In Houston Garden

Here’s something you don’t see every day in Houston.  A Zebra Longwing Butterfly.  According to the wonderful Butterflies of Houston and Southeast Texas book, “The beautiful and unmistakable zebra butterfly is unfortunately a rare visitor to Houston from Mexico and the lower Rio Grande Valley.” It was early this morning and I was letting the […]

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The Migrating Monarch Butterflies Have Arrived!

The Monarch Butterflies are definitely migrating through Texas on their way to Mexico.  I’ve been seeing 2-3 butterflies per day.  All of them are feeding on the nectar plants.  Strangely enough, I haven’t seen any male Monarchs, strictly females.

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Gulf Fritillary Butterfly With A Colorful Background

I like the following Gulf Fritillary Butterfly picture because of my accidental glowing background.  The butterfly is on a peach Zinnia, and behind that there was a pink Zinnia, and the blue background was the accidental part which is actually part of a pool float.

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Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillars Feeding On Fennel

A couple of weeks ago I noticed a female Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly laying eggs on the Fennel.  Well, apparently those eggs have now hatched to decent sized caterpillars.  There are four caterpillars just on this one stalk, but there were several others on different areas of the Fennel.

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First Migrating Monarch Butterfly Of Fall 2012

i saw my first confirmed sighting of a migrating Monarch Butterfly today.  It was well worn color-wise, and had a few tears on the wings.  I didn’t have time to try and tag the Butterfly, but I’m hopeful it will be around tomorrow. The experts are predicting another dire year for the Monarchs because of […]

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Queen And Gulf Fritillary Butterflies In The Morning

I went outside this morning because the temperature was so nice.  I was surprised to see so many Butterflies flying around.  There was an Female Eastern Black Swallowtail laying tons of eggs on the Fennel, lots of Gulf Fritillaries getting nectar from the nectar plants (Zinnia and Lantana), and a male Queen Butterfly on the […]

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Beat Up Easter Black Swallowtail Feeding And Laying Eggs

This poor Eastern Black Swallowtail is really torn up.  I think she’s on her last legs.  I watched her feed on the Lantana for a while, then head over to the Fennel to lay eggs.

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